August 7 ( Xinhua) — SpaceX successfully launched its 10th Batch of Starlink Internet satellites on Friday, local time, according tomedia reports. Media reported that at 1:12 a.m. EST on August 7, a second-stage Falcon 9 rocket was launched from nasa’s 39A launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center, carrying 57 SpaceX Starlink and two Sky Sky Earth observation satellites.
This is SpaceX’s 10th Starlink satellite launch mission since 2019, bringing the total number of satellites in orbit to 595, or 597 if two prototype sons are launched in 2018.
In fact, SpaceX’s launch of the 10th batch of Starlink Internet satellites has not gone smoothly. The company had been scheduled to launch the Starlink satellite on June 26 this year, but the launch was cancelled a few hours before the launch because of technical problems that needed to be resolved. The company then postponed the launch until July, but in July it canceled it because of the weather.
As early as January 2015, SpaceX CEO Musk announced a satellite Internet service program called Starlink. SpaceX plans to launch about 12,000 communications satellites into orbit to provide broadband Internet services to users on Earth. In addition to the nearly 12,000 satellites that have been approved, the company has also applied to launch 30,000 satellites.
In March, the Federal Communications Commission approved SpaceX’s deployment of 1 million user terminals, or satellite antennas, in the United States, which would allow 1 million homes to receive the service. But now the company wants to quadruple that number to 5m.